Dixie Spraggins, 87, resident at Fite Living Center, Cartersville, GA (formerly of Trion, GA), passed away Monday, January 7, 2019. She was born on Aug 2, 1931, in Lafayette, GA, to the late Lizzie Bell and Joe Henry Purcell.
Dixie is preceded in death by her husband D.F. Spraggins on November 6, 2005. Survivors are eight children: Linda (Leonard) Gandy of Cartersville, GA; David (Mary Lynn) Spraggins of Centre, AL; Diane (Tim) Walker of Jacksonville, FL; Wanda Spraggins of Cartersville, GA; Rose (Earl) Smith of Jacksonville, FL; Douglas (Janet) Spraggins of Trion, GA; Danny (Lori) Spraggins of Trion, GA; Mark (Pat) Spraggins of Trion, GA; 18 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren; 2 sister-in-laws Jessie Purcell and Imogene Spraggins.
Dixie loved her family and was a loyal friend and faithful Christian. Although she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, the disease did not stop her caring actions. She continued to minister to those around her with kind words, notes, and scripture verses. She loved the cards she received from family and friends even after she was unable to read them. She never forgot the words to Amazing Grace and many of her favorite hymns.
Dixie was a nurse by vocation and by nature. Her career began as a nurse’s aide at Trion Community Hospital. She completed LPN training at Dalton Vocational School while working for Dr. Joseph Brown, M.D. After receiving her license she worked for North Georgia Home Health, Shepherd Nursing Home, Riegel Textile, Best Manufacturing, Northwest Georgia Regional, and retired from Walker County Health Dept.
Dixie moved from her home in Trion to Fite Living Center in April 2011. She found ways to stay busy. She tended a flower garden outside her window. She picked her stethoscope back up and conducted weekly blood pressure checks for residents and staff. She helped with laundry when she could get away with it. She would have cooked if allowed.
Visitation will be held at Earle Rainwater Funeral, Summerville, GA, on Wednesday, January 9th, from 6 until 8 p.m. A Memorial service celebrating the life of Dixie Spraggins will be held at the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019, with Rev. Charlie Marus and Rev. David Autry officiating, interment in Trion Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in to the Alzheimer’s
Association or St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Dixie’s memory.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Dixie Virginia Spraggins who passed away on Monday.